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Old 09-30-2007, 08:42 PM
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THanks for the input on prices guys. I'm guessing these are for Aeration ONLY. How much would u say to add to over seed this area too? And how much to add? Perhaps I better do a seperate thread for this. I've seen bags of seed for 8,000 sq ft ( about 1/6 acre ) for $40 or something like that. THis is not wholesale, however, if it requires a whole bag like that to do a yard, and the time it takes to buy the bag and then go over the yard with a broadcaster or something, I would think it would need to add quite a bit more to cover the cost of seed and rental of aerator.

How about these prices for Aeration and Overseeding for entire yard:

Acres

1/8 $120
1/6 $150
1/4 $200
1/2 $300

I may be way off, but if seed costs anywhere from $30 ( for an 1/6 of an acre) or $50 ( for 1/4) acre, aren't these ok?
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:44 PM
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Another question I've not yet gotten answered is "How do I sew the seed after aeration? Do I do it at the same time with the same machine ( if possible)? Or will I have to use some slit seeder or broadcaster? I don't want to get in over my head renting several machines if I don't have to.
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Old 09-30-2007, 08:52 PM
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Also, how long should I figure on an avg 1/4 acre lot to aerate and or overseed? This will make it easier to figure my prices. I'd like to make at least $40/hr when it's all said and done.
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:08 PM
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Go to the rental center, ask how much to rent a machine for the day. Add 10 dollars on per yard. 50 to rent + 10= 60 a yard(60x120). To the customer if they want to do it themselves, it will cost them 50 bucks, so they probably will pay you the extra 10 so they wont break their backs doing it. Sell it that way and you'll get it. and yes get more than one to do if you have to rent. offer a special 100 bucks for both.
I just had the opposite experience. I could have rented a Stump grinder from Home Depot for $70 and did it myself. Instead I hired a guy for $50 and I didn't have to do anything.
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Old 09-30-2007, 11:08 PM
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Yes, I would say that you could use a Scott's or Earthway spreader. They do make aerators that have spreaders built in, but since your just starting out, I'd say if you have a spreader, just use that. It will take a bit longer, but you'd probably have to pay more for an aerator with that feature anyway.
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Old 10-01-2007, 01:05 AM
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How long does it take though?

Thanks for that info! ANy of u guys have some estimates as to how long I should figure it will take on say an avg 1/6, 1/4 acre lot to aerate and then overseed with a manual broadcast spreader? I'm thinking these machines are pretty slow compared to lawn mowers so I can time it off of that. Surely they are only 1-2 mph at best. Seems like that could mean doing a 1/4 acre yard could take an hour or more, unless my calculations are incorrect. To overseed shouldn't take much time as I can walk fast and the broadcaster will send out at about a 5 foot width. I'd say that part may only take like 15 min or less ( to overseed that is).
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Old 10-01-2007, 02:18 AM
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I still lowball aeration, yes I admit it I still do it.

40 bucks below a 1/4 acre, that's also my minimum, maybe 45 per 1/4, then it's roughly grass cut fee (+5 per 1/8th)... Uhm so let me see I charged 75 for 2/3 of a HILLY acre the other day... Half acre cut = 45 + (5 x 4) = 65 and add another 10 for the last hilly bit = 75... Or 5/8 = 70 as per the specials price list further below.

But it depends on the complexity of the lot as well, that one above a good 1/8-1/4 of an acre was on such a hill I could only aerate going UP hill, then roll the machine back down, then back UP, one path at a time, very time consuming but it was a job well done. Could've half-azzed it for 50-60, but I'm all about doing it right anymore, guess I could've got 80 for it too, ehhhh whatever.

There are my 2007 'specials' which aren't that much below normal:
1/4 acre lot (~11k sq.feet): $40.00
3/8 acre lot (~16k sq.feet): $50.00
1/2 acre lot (~22k sq.feet): $60.00
5/8 acre lot (~27k sq.feet): $70.00
3/4 acre lot (~33k sq.feet): $80.00
7/8 acre lot (~38k sq.feet): $90.00
Full acre (43,560 sq.feet): $100.00

And that's for a pretty normal lot, add 5 per 1/8 acre of obstacle courses.
Now keep in mind if it's a full acre and only 1/4 is an obstacle course, only that part gets the surcharge so it'd be 110...
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And that's for a pretty normal lot, add 5 per 1/8 acre of obstacle courses.
Now keep in mind if it's a full acre and only 1/4 is an obstacle course, only that part gets the surcharge so it'd be 110...
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Wow I guess you do low ball or maybe it is just attributed to a different geographical area
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Old 10-01-2007, 06:07 AM
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$16 per thousand sq ft of lawn(aeration only). Don't give this service away....any homeowner who has wrestled with the rental units are happy to pay $16 per 1000.
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Old 10-01-2007, 04:16 PM
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For those who asked, the prices I listed are for aeration only.

Overseeding prices are about 30% higher to account for the cost of seed.

I takes me about 1/2 hour o an hour for a 1/4 acre to 1 hour to 1.5 hours for a full acre. The broad range is because some yards take longer due to obsticles, the way it is laid out, ect. I charge for the lot size, I do not deduct for the house.

If fact, I don't even measure, I guesstimate the size by looking at it.
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Old 10-01-2007, 05:43 PM
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For those who asked, the prices I listed are for aeration only.

Overseeding prices are about 30% higher to account for the cost of seed.

I takes me about 1/2 hour o an hour for a 1/4 acre to 1 hour to 1.5 hours for a full acre. The broad range is because some yards take longer due to obsticles, the way it is laid out, ect. I charge for the lot size, I do not deduct for the house.

If fact, I don't even measure, I guesstimate the size by looking at it.

That sounds like pretty good time LushGreen. How do u manage an hour or 90 minutes only for a whole acre? Is this with 2 machines/2men, a larger aerator or? Are these times with a standard $50/day aerator like Sunbelt rents? I think they are about 2 feet wide there. Do u overlap at all or is that unnecassary? I just don't see how u could do an acre in such short time! It takes me about 1.5 hours to mow ( only) an acre with a 42 inch mower at top speed, which is about 4-5mph I think. Surely an aerator is less than 1/2 that speed. But I just want to find out for sure.

thanks lush green
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